Tuesday, May 28, 2013

checked out, checking back in

We were away on an adventure, my favorite kind. Great food, lazy mornings, enjoying kindred spirits, driving in open fields, dusty roads, sand between our toes, the sweet sounds of people speaking in Spanish. glorious.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Radical Projects

I started this to journal my paleo challenge but it's evolved into my radical projects. In 3 short months I've changed my eating habits, enhanced my crossfit performance, got a nose ring, was compelled to help start a women's circle, and taken on more graphic design jobs. I'm ready to have more fun and live life's routine with more emphasize on LIVING rather than routine.

I am calling this radical projects because not only are some of these radical for me but it takes such courage and vulnerability to step out of what's normal and predictable.

Last night was our first [new] women's group, we are embarking on a journey of exploration as independent women, allowing ourselves to dig a little deeper into subjects such as relationships, finances, spirituality and health/wellness (and so much more). We didn't all know each other so our first meeting was an introduction. Our "homework" was to bring personal/representative objects from our life. A way of telling bits and pieces of our stories through memories, photographs and objects. I thought about this intensly a few days before our gathering. How do you tell your story, what you're about in a matter of 10 minutes through objects. What's most important to tell people about yourself.

Map via Etsy

I shared my history, where I come from. The fact that my parents left their homeland, everything they knew with very little money and almost no knowledge of the language has shaped who I am. Their struggles, triumphs and love for us (children) could not go unmentioned when getting to know me. My family is my pride and joy. When Peter and I started dating and after he met my family, I told him, "if you don't like them it's not going to work. I love being around my family so you will have to get use to it and like them, A LOT". And thankfully to this day he has a great relationship with them all.

A few other items I shared was an atlas, tennis shoes (my necessity and love for working out) and of course a cookbook. I love to travel and through travel I have grown and it has shaped a lot of who I am. The world is my playground. It is more difficult to travel now with kids but last year during our winter holiday in Sedona, Peter and I made a pact that this year we would get out more to travel and explore. He is the best partner and has helped and supported me in this goal of ours.

So far we have trekked to Disneyland and camping but in a few short weeks we will be exploring San Francisco and shortly after Baja California, Mexico. This summer we have more camping and travel plans. I have been dreaming of seeing Big Sur and it's surroundings for a long time and can't wait to finally see this and this.

Have you taken your chances on any Radical Prjoects? Please share, because you never know when your radical project can inspire others and give them courage to live their dreams.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Meditate {for stress release & clarity}

Right now I am dealing with some stomach and fatigue issues. Most likely my diet will have to change, it's my bodies way of telling me that I need to tweak what I've been doing. Not only do I have to change my food, but also my way of dealing with stress. I thought that with intense exercise I released my stresses for the day but maybe that's not so true. That voice inside has been telling me to take up meditation for some time now. It's been such a hard practice for me to start but I've added it to my radical projects for the year (more to come on that later). 

I need to take a few tips from these two, they know when to stop and meditate, smell {pick} the flowers and hold a hand like they never want to let go.

Do you meditate? How did you get started? Do you do it by yourself, class, a DVD or an app?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Open for Business

"The nature of process, to one degree or another, involves failure. You have at it. It doesn’t work. You keep pushing. It gets better. But it’s not good. It gets worse. You go at it again. Then you desperately stab at it, believing “this isn’t going to work.” And it does!" --Saul Bass
This quote is the story of my life. I'm always trying different workouts, recipes, parenting styles, business ideas (many I have failed miserably at, but I've not given up!) I'm discovering that failure is part of the process, everyone goes through it and it only brings you closer to either an end result or a new beginning. Karina's post reminded me to push through the hard times and keep working at it, at some point you will surpass the disapppointments.

With Q2 in full force I'm ready to embark on yet another rad project I have set out to fulfill this year. My work phase. I have been struggling with this for over a year. I have an urge to create, explore, expand. Determined and motivated to grow personally, intellectually and creatively. Here's the problem that I think I am finally accepting, I must trash my inner  battles. I don't give myself enough credit, I'm not good enough, creative enough, smart enough. Guess what, it's all bullshit. I have been selling myself a story of total BS. I want to create and the only thing holding me back is ME. That is heavy! This year is about being more me, courageous, honest and accepting.

So, here we go! Wish me luck.


Monday, April 29, 2013


I knew at the beginning of this year, that this year was going to be a little different. I'm out of that dark cloud of sleepless nights and my kids relying on me 100% of the time. They now have some independence and we work together most of the time without massive tantrums and constant misunderstandings.

A few of my goals for this year was to continue to consistently attend crossfit. Eat healthier than I ever have. Take classes for photography, advance photoshop, finances and investments (want to be smart with my money) and maybe even a health/wellness course or certification.

So far I have enrolled in 3 e-courses with a 4th in mind.

1. I've started B-school by Marie Forleo

2. I can't wait to start Julie's How to create a meaningful carreer in food this Wednesday. You can always check it out for free on Wednesday and see if it's right for you.
I was honored to create her flyer for this.

3. Finally, I signed up for Nicole's photography class! so excited to learn how to use my Nikon after owning it for 5 years and using it on automatic mode most of the time.

4. I hope to take an e-course with Braid Creative very soon.

Have you taken any e-courses you recommend?